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Five people rescued from Paw Paw River

WATERVLIET, Mich. – Five people were rescued from the Paw Paw River on Sunday afternoon, according to the Berrien County Sheriff's Department.

Officials say two subjects fell off an inner tube into the water and were not able to be located.

The Watervliet Fire Department personnel, the North Berrien Fire Department Personnel, and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division all launched water rescue into the Paw Paw River.

During the search, rescuers came upon three others who also needed help due to falling out of their kayaks and inner tubes. 

A continued search found the original two missing tubers safe. 

The following five rescued individuals were checked by Pride Car Ambulance after being safely removed from the river:

  • 69-year-old male from Eau Claire
  • 67-year-old female from Eau Claire
  • 46-year-old male from Chicago
  • 14-year-old male from Kalamazoo
  • 15-year-old male from Kalamazoo

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone that you should always wear safety flotation devices while enjoying the wonderful waterways, especially now,due to the high waters and fast moving currents of the waterways, due to the recent heavy rainfall.


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